King David Committed Adultery and Murder
"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the
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The Sword Devours One As Well As Another
Let me quickly remind you what happened with the beloved King David and Bathsheba, who was actually Uriah's wife.
King David is laying down in his bedroom and most likely needed some air, so he goes out on his balcony. As he is on the rooftop of the palace, he notices a woman, Bathsheba taking a bath.
Now, because we already know who King David is, we know that he was a godly character and a man after God's own heart. I am sure that as soon as he saw Bathsheba, that he immediately turned his face from her. But somehow temptation sets in, David takes a second look and is now in complete and total infatuation with Bathsheba. He calls one of his servants to ask who this beautiful woman is. He tells David that her name is Bathsheba, who is the daughter of Eliam, and that she is Uriah's wife.
He gives the command for his messengers to immediately go get Bathsheba and bring her back to the palace. The Bible takes a moment to mention that Bathsheba was on her monthly cleansing, which might have been why she was bathing in the middle of the day. Bathsheba accepts the invitation from the King. She comes to the palace and that very night, she ends up sleeping with King David and becomes pregnant.
David most likely did not plan on Bathsheba getting pregnant, but he could not afford to let this bad situation get any worse. He must set a plan in motion to get Uriah back home from war to sleep with his wife, in order to cover this sin up properly, after all, this baby has been illegitimately conceived and could cause big problems for all parties involved. David made a hasty decision to bring Uriah home from the battlefield, as he was out on a military campaign with Israel and Judah.
All he needed for Uriah to do was to come home and sleep with his wife, Bathsheba. She can tell him later that she is pregnant, and it would not come as a big surprise. So, David brings Uriah home and sets him up by telling him that he has one night to be home and that he should be with his wife. He sends gifts along for Uriah and Bathsheba to enjoy the night and most likely, set the mood for this passionate lovemaking King David was hoping for!
Uriah leaves but he doesn't go home. He goes downstairs and starts talking to the servants; I am sure that there were quiet whispers echoing throughout the palace. Uriah sleeps outside the palace that night. The next morning, David gets word that Uriah didn't go home and decides to go speak to Uriah personally. He is beating around the bush, asking Uriah wasn't he tired from the military campaign and why he didn't go home last night? Uriah gets a tad angry and tells David that he is too worried about his men and that he was not going home to eat, sleep, or make love to his wife!
I can only imagine David's frustration with Uriah at this point.
This is beginning to put a big damper on David's attempt to cover his sinful act.
David attempts a second time to try and clean this mess up by telling Uriah that he can stay home one more night home before sending him back to the battlefield. This time, David sends an invitation to Uriah to come have a few drinks with the him at the Palace. David's plan is to get Uriah drunk, so that he will have no choice but to go home and sleep with his wife.
Well, part of the plan worked. Uriah did indeed get drunk, but ends up falling asleep again on the floor with the servants. David has no other choice, but to kill Uriah. He cannot let this secret be known. He writes a letter to Joab, the commander over Uriah:
Put Uriah out in front, where the fighting is the fiercest.
Then withdraw from him,
so he will be struck down and die!
"There's a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is death." Proverbs 14:12
"But the thing David had done displeased the LORD."
"There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. There is nothing kept secret that will not come to light." This scripture comes from Jesus in the Gospel of Luke 8:17. Was God going to punish David for this horrible plot to kill and expose this dark sin and bring it to light for all to see?
The plot begins to thicken after Uriah's death. She mourns for Uriah and when her time for mourning was up, David brought Bathsheba to the palace and married her. She gave birth to a son and the scripture says, "But the thing David had done displeased the LORD." (2 Samuel 11:27)
To: King David & Bathsheba
The son born to you will die.— From God
Warning From God to King David
2 Samuel 12:1-14 New International Version (NIV)
“There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” 5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” 7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’ 11 “This is what the LORD says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’ ” 13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the LORD, the son born to you will die.” 15
King David Finally Confesses, but Does Not Change the Outcome
God always disciplines the ones that He loves. A warning comes to King David through the prophet, Nathan. God lovingly tries to show how unfair it was for him to use his title and his position to do the wrong thing. It almost went unknown, except that nothing is actually ever hidden from the LORD, who is:
- Omnipotent - All powerful
- Omnipresent - All seeing
- Omnicient - All knowing
God is still taking the grace and mercy route by allowing David an opportunity to first repent of his sin and turn away from it. That He does. David repented and turned back to God, but his sin did not go unpunished. The baby that was born to David and Bathsheba died. He also gave his wives over to someone close to him who will sleep with his wives in broad daylight for everyone to see, since he did this thing in the dark. Seven days later is when the baby was struck down with an illness and David was very sad about this.
Do you know that after David and Bathsheba mourned for the child, God immediately blessed them with another baby boy, whose name was Solomon. Isn't God so good? He could have been very mean and nasty to David, after all, he should have known better. But he was human and he made a huge mistake that can never be done over again. He took a huge loss, as well as, Bathsheba. Imagine her pain. She knew that it was wrong to sleep with King David, after all, she was married to Uriah the whole time. Her husband is murdered and her baby has just died. The pain of sin is always so deep. This is the reason why God gives us clear instructions about walking in the ways of sin. He knows that the end thereof is death. It may not be your death, but it could be the death of someone very close to you, like your child or your spouse.
Is the few minutes of pleasure really worth the consequences and the distance that it creates between you and your LORD?
I say, never. It is not worth gaining the whole world and losing your soul.
Let this story encourage you to begin a close relationship with the LORD God. He wants nothing but the best for you in every area of your life. Why don't you trust in Him today?
Six traps King David should have avoided
God always gives us a way out of every situation, right? What could King David have done to correct this situation?
- He could have turned away from watching Bathsheba taking a bath.
- He should not have invited a married woman to his bedroom.
- He should not have had sex with a married woman.
- He could have been a bigger man and confessed his and Bathsheba affair.
- He also could have asked God to forgive him for what the sexual sin committed.
- He could have allowed Uriah the right to continue living, but he decided to kill him and cover his sin.
- He could have avoided his son's death.